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Minimally Invasive Neck Lift 101 with Dr. Ronald Moy

A less invasive neck lift is an outstanding procedure for neck rejuvenation that is achieved with fewer incisions, less pain and minimal downtime. The aging neck is defined by pigmentation changes, loose skin, lax muscles, horizontal wrinkles, loss of jaw contour, accumulation of submental (under the chin) fat and prominence of neck bands. A sagging neck betrays our age. We often do a good job keeping our faces refreshed with topicals, fillers and Botox, but forget about our necks.

Traditional techniques to address the neck often require large incisions, the use of surgical drains and sometimes an overnight hospital stay.

A less invasive neck lift combines minimally invasive techniques that tighten and lift skin under local anesthesia. Incisions are minimized and there is no need for surgical drains and recovery times are faster. A minimally invasive neck lift can also be combined with laser treatments to even skin color or liposuction to remove excess neck fat for optimal rejuvenation. When you desire a renewed sense of confidence, a minimally invasive neck lift can rejuvenate your appearance by restoring your neck contour in a very natural way.

Learn more about neck lifts from leading cosmetic and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Moy, who has been helping patients achieve their skin health and beauty goals for more than 25 years.

Q: What is a less invasive neck lift? How does the procedure differ today than from 10 years ago?

A: A less invasive neck lift accomplishes optimal results using minimal incisions hidden behind the ear and is performed under local anesthesia. The procedure differs from 10 years ago in that no drains are necessary because there is no bleeding and it does not require being put to sleep.

Q: Where and how large are the incisions needed for a less invasive neck lift?

A: The incisions are placed in the crease where the ear meets the head called the post auricular sulcus and it extends into the hairline. These incisions heal well, look natural and are difficult to detect.

Q: Are there alternative procedural options that can tighten neck skin?

A: It is the best procedure for tightening the neck skin since about 1 inch of skin is removed behind each ear. Microneedling radiofrequency and Inmode Facetite can accomplish modest tightening.

Q: How do you remove under chin fatty deposits?

A: The fatty deposits under the chin are best removed with liposuction using a very small micro cannula, which is just a few millimeters thick.

Q: What treatments can be combined with a neck lift?

A: The most common procedure with a neck lift is fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing because this improves wrinkles, evens skin color and tightens the skin.

Q: In addition to a sagging neck, I also have jowls. How are these addressed?

A: Jowls are greatly improved with a neck lift because even though the sutures are placed behind the ear lobe that vector of pull does improve the jowls like a mini-facelift.

Q: Men’s skin is thicker and less elastic. Can men have a less invasive neck lift?

A: Men’s necks can be tightened with a submental incision and an incision that goes up and down the neck. The thicker, less elastic skin requires less surgical tightening. The scar created can be minimized with laser resurfacing.

Q: Is a minimally invasive neck lift an outpatient procedure?

A: A minimally invasive neck lift is an outpatient procedure since almost all our cases are performed under local anesthesia without any sedation.

Q: What type of anesthesia is used?

A: Neck lifts are anesthetized using dilute local anesthesia dripped behind the ear. The face for laser resurfacing is anesthetized with four painless dental blocks and two Botox-type forehead injections.

Q: What is the recovery time?

A: About 10 days because the complications of bleeding, pain and scarring are so minimal that healing is quicker than 10 years ago.

To find out more about minimally invasive neck lifts, schedule a consultation with Dr. Moy or his associates at 818.575.8000 or visit Chli.com. With offices at the California Health and Longevity Institute at Westlake Four Seasons, Dr. Moy and the entire team of Dermatology are at your service.

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